Hooded Menace
The Tritonus Bell


4.2
excellent

Review

by Dewinged STAFF
September 2nd, 2021 | 102 replies


Release Date: 08/27/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Summoning the classics for this tomb could use some RIFFS.

Consider yourself very cursed by the time the twin guitar solos of "Cthonic Exordium" are put to rest by the summoning rumble from within the deepest catacombs. The Tritonus Bell tolls for us all, announcing the arrival of Finnish death doom troopers Hooded Menace's six full length, and few are those who will escape its diabolical reach.

In this new recording, classic heavy metal meets the band's distinctive brand of crushing death and doom metal to create a spawn of spooky riffs and heavy pounding beats that proof Hooded Menace's love for the likes of early Paradise Lost, Candlemass, King Diamond and even Randy Rhoads era Ozzy Osbourne. In fact, they even dared with a cover of W.A.S.P's " The Torture Never Ends" that makes you wish they released a full album of covers. The songs are few, but long, packed to the brim with sepulchral growls and corpulent guitars that generously shred through dozens of different parts within the same track.

Undead choral chants, ephemeral acoustic sections and even some spoken word passages also contribute to make every song of The Tritonus Bell a monster of its own. The first part of the album is heavily loaded with this blend of influences, with "Chime Diabolicus" and highlight "Blood Ornaments" unleashing the best of the band's hefty catalogue alongside this newfound appreciation for the classics, while "Those Who Absorb The Night", placed in the middle of the album and also the shortest track, starkly evokes the doom of old, the sound of pioneers My Dying Bride and again, Paradise Lost, with melodies that reminisce the days of Gothic, creating a space where this timeless scent is enshrouded by the Finn's usual heavy duty marrow of death metal.

"Corpus Asunder" sets off with a galloping riff ala Iron Maiden before diving into doom waters again in a neverending exchange between guitar harmonies and the cavernous growls of Harri Kuokkanen. "Scattered Into Dark" is the last "real" track before the instrumental "Instruments Of Somber Finality" and the W.A.S.P. cover end Hooded Menace's latest release, and in spite of the 9 minute cut raining over wet soil, the band sounds committed to the same devotion to the big names of the genre than the preceding tracks, skillfully assembling the different elements needed to create an outstanding piece.

The Tritonus Bell continues the stellar run the band from Joensuu has had since their conception in 2007, this time with a brief but fantastic collection of tracks that boast its 80s metal influences and infuse them with the burdening melancholy of 90s doom, all through the experienced ears of King Diamond's axeman Andy LaRocque at the controls, who has undoubtedly helped to shape up this record the way it should be.



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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


25608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Had to type this on mobile cause Jesus fucking Christ the second shot of the vaccine got me GOOD.



Edit: Here you go:



Blood Ornaments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpRQvaRnJLM&ab_channel=SeasonofMist



Those Who Absorb The Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiuTCf9w-_E&ab_channel=SeasonofMist

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Very nice nice. Putting a placeholder here for after work

bloc
September 2nd 2021


66544 Comments


Amazing art

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BigPleb
September 2nd 2021


63672 Comments


Ye, love that art.

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Muzz79
September 2nd 2021


1129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The art got me interested and it’s a really good album. I got early Amorphis vibes. Will read review

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trilo
September 2nd 2021


4025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rips. catchy af

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JayEnder
September 2nd 2021


11055 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chime Diabolicus is a riff machine

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


25608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

So I'm the only one that sees the subtle Masters of the Universe reference in the cover

bigguytoo9
September 2nd 2021


1125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving this album! Heard it a few times now.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


16624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

I don't share the same love that most people feel for these guys, but I have to admit the lads deliver some tasty riffs. The vocals are pretty cool too.



Nice writing, Dewinged ;)

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


25608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Harri's gutturals are especially tasty, there's so much texture to them you can almost smell his breath

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


16624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

That's a good way to put it

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


25608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Also pretty disgusting, but hey this is deathy doom after all!

kevbogz
September 2nd 2021


3423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

2021 the year of Dewi

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Pikazilla
September 2nd 2021


18811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are just crazy consistent

Elynna
September 2nd 2021


995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wholesome, family friendly death doom :]

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

wholesome, family friendly death doom :]



I too share this sentiment.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


25608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Saw in another review that these guys have managed to make a fun death doom album, and it's true

Pon
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


5061 Comments


"Harri's gutturals are especially tasty, there's so much texture to them you can almost smell his breath"

I'm sorry wat lmao

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


25608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I know right? Bleh



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